Directed by Sam Pollard and Geeta Gandbhir, the documentary Lowndes County and the Road to Black Power “chronicles the courageous men and women, famous and unknown, who put their lives on the line to secure the right to vote for everyone.”
The passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 represented not the culmination of the Civil Rights Movement, but the beginning of a new, crucial chapter. Nowhere was this next battle better epitomized than in Lowndes County, Alabama, a rural, impoverished county with a vicious history of racist terrorism. In a county that was 80 percent Black but had zero Black voters, laws were just paper without power. This isn’t a story of hope but of action.
Through first person accounts and searing archival footage, Lowndes County and the Road to Black Power tells the story of the local movement and young Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) organizers who fought not just for voting rights, but for Black Power in Lowndes County.
Watch the official trailer for Lowndes County and the Road to Black Power.